HIV-Infected Woman Accused Of Biting Police Officer

Kerry Picket | Reporter

A Memphis woman with HIV allegedly bit a local police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday, the Commercial Appeal newspaper reports.

Dayton Smith was pulled over by officers for having an expired license plate, an affidavit indicated. The officers later found out that Smith’s driver’s license was suspended and she did not have auto insurance.

During a search of Smith’s car, which revealed a small bag of marijuana, one gram of crack and .2 grams of powder cocaine inside a rolled up dollar bill, she began to bang on the police squad door demanding to be let out to go to the bathroom.

One of the officers on the scene opened the car door and told her she would have to wait, but Smith used the moment to escape. However, she was wrestled to the ground.

She “had her keys between her fingers and was swinging at the officer,” the affidavit stated. Smith then bit one of the officers in the left arm and drew blood.

The injured officer was taken to the hospital to be treated and Smith is in jail on $50,000 bond.

the Commercial Appeal notes that Smith is charged with violation of vehicle registration law, violation of financial law, driving while license suspended/revoked, resisting official detention, criminal exposure to HIV, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver.

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